Chicago Bulls lose in Rose's return


The Bulls got Derrick Rose back on Wednesday night, but it wasn’t enough to help them get past the Magic.

The Bulls lost 105-103 to the Magic with Rose returning to the lineup after missing six weeks following a meniscus tear in his right knee.

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“I felt all right,” Rose said via The Associated Press. “I think it was about right. It’ll get better the more I play, but I’m getting better every week. It’ll take some time, but I’ll get there.”

The 2012 MVP scored nine points and added two rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes against Orlando. Although he did have a nice, driving layup in the third quarter, he also turned the ball over four times and was not on the floor in the game’s deciding minutes.

Rose said it was “very hard” to be on the bench late in the game.

“At the same time, it’s all about patience. I’m going to have my turn,” Rose said. “Right now while I’m not playing, I’m just trying to learning a little more and seeing how they’re playing. The only thing I can do is just sit back and watch and learn.”

Victor Oladipo scored a game-high 23 points and hit a layup with 1.5 seconds remaining to give the Magic a come-from-behind victory.

“There’s no playoff but we’re trying to treat every game like a playoff game,” Oladipo said. “There’s teams that we’re playing that are playoff seeds, but we’re trying to get better too.”

The Bulls were 15-4 with Rose in the lineup before his injury, but Wednesday’s loss gave the Central Division title to the Cavaliers, who beat the Bucks 104-99.



Kings' Carl Landry suspended one game for altercation with Jazz


Kings forward Carl Landry has been suspended for one game without pay by the NBA for leaving the bench during an altercation with the Jazz on Sunday. 

While Landry didn’t get involved in any sort of fight, leaving the bench during any type of on-court activity is, by rule, grounds for discipline by the league.

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The Kings big man will serve his suspension on Tuesday night when Sacramento hosts the Timberwolves. 

In 65 games this season, Landry is averaging 6.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in 16.5 minutes per contest for the struggling Kings. 



DeMarcus Cousins calls Sacramento Kings a circus


It has been a long, unpredictable season for the Kings, and their franchise player is frustrated.

Center DeMarcus Cousins didn’t mince words when talking about the team’s problems.

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“It’s been a circus, man. It’s been a complete circus,” Cousins told The Washington Post. “We got off to a hot start. Unfortunately, I got sick, so it ruined the look of the team. I take some blame for that. I know for a fact, if I wouldn’t have gotten sick, things wouldn’t have happened the way it happened. It was no way it could.

“At the same time, a lot of it is not my fault and we all know why. But this has been a disappointing year.”

The Kings enter Tuesday night’s game against the 76ers at 24-45. The franchise is on its third coach this season after firing Mike Malone early and replacing interim coach Tyrone Corbin with George Karl at the All-Star break.

In spite of the team’s struggles, Cousins is thriving. The fifth-year big man is averaging 23.6 points and 12.2 rebounds per game despite missing the early part of the season with a viral infection. It was during that time that the team got rid of Malone.

“I care; I really care,” Cousins said. “I take my job serious. I love to play the game. It ain’t about the money, not about the fame. I care. The biggest thing I can admit is I’m not perfect and I know that.”



Kings rule out DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay for season


Kings center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Rudy Gay will miss the final three games of the season, the team announced Saturday.

Cousins, 24, will sit out in order to get a head start on rehabilitating his right ankle and other leg injuries, but is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for next season.

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A dominant force down low, Cousins averaged 24.1 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.7 blocks in 59 games this season.

Gay, on the other hand, sustained a concussion on March 30 and was shut down for the season after complaining about a headache during his one-game return April 7 against the Timberwolves.

The 28-year-old was enjoying his best season with career highs in points at 21.1 per game and assists at 3.7 per contest with 5.9 rebounds per game in 68 games this season.



This Blazers fan has a sweater with Chris Kaman's giant face on it


Fans in Portland are known for their dedication, but this is next level.

Yes, what you are about to look at is a sweater with nothing but Chris Kaman’s face on it. Like, a GIANT face.

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I have many questions for this woman. We will start with the easiest:

1. What compelled you to make this?

2. Where did you get this made?

3. Why is it not camouflage?

4. Where the hell can I buy this?

That last one is going to be really important soon, especially for other folks in Portland. 

The Blazers usually have a “Deal of the Night” for some kind of product they’re trying to burn through at an irresponsible price. Maybe we can get the Chris Kaman Face Sweater instead.

I figure people would be willing to pay at least $500 for it.



Michael Beasley takes too long to seize his moment


Michael Beasley had the last shot Friday night. A bucket would have brought the Heat all the way back from a 35-point deficit against the Wizards. Just days earlier, Beasley spoke about his 10-day contract with Miami possibly being his last shot in the NBA. This was a golden opportunity for him.

Beasley failed to get the shot off in time (it missed, anyway). He dribbled and shot instead of catching and shooting with 1.3 seconds remaining.

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“That was just lack of experience,” Beasley told reporters, according to The Miami Herald, after the Heat’s 99-97 loss. “I was just so anxious to get the last shot and do great for my team that I just had a brain cramp. That was my fault.”

With Heat coach Erik Spoelstra offering his support, a dejected Beasley walked off the court in D.C.


When the Heat talk about being a family organization, this is why. Spo walking off postgame.

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Beasley was a big part of Miami’s comeback, scoring all 13 points of his points in the fourth quarter. The points he couldn’t score will stay with him, though.

He has one more game remaining on that 10-day contract, Saturday at home against the Kings.

“It’s one of those things that you think about not thinking about,” Beasley told reporters before Friday’s game, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “It’s one of those things where if it happens, it happens. I’m throwing everything I can into it.”

Will that be enough? We’re about to find out.



Draymond Green gets bumped by Dahntay Jones during post-game interview


Not everyone handles a loss well.

After the Warriors defeated the Clippers, Draymond Green was picked for a post-game interview. Dahntay Jones, a member of the losing squad, comes up behind and gives him a little nudge. Yes people run into each other all the time, but there’s a lot of court to walk on. Either it was intentional, or Jones felt he didn’t get enough camera time.

Whatever the case was, Green broke Jones off with deadliest of stares.

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Green did his best to resume, but he definitely had the “wait what just happened” face going on. It could have been an accident, but Jones has been known to do questionable things sometimes. 

Green delivered the one-liner of the year afterwards, throwing just the right amount of shade.

Cue the “but he don’t play” memes.



Stephen Curry hits crazy shot to force OT; Warriors edge Pelicans


It’d be unfair to say that Stephen Curry is a human highlight reel. 

That’d be to insinuate that humans can hit shots like this.

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Curry’s miraculous corner 3-pointer, complete with stepback, fadeaway and Anthony Davis tackle, came with mere seconds left in regulation, knotting the game after the Warriors had trailed by 20 points after three quarters.

“That was as good as it gets,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after his team’s 123-119 overtime victory in Game 3 of its opening-round Western Conference playoff series, according to “It doesn’t matter how many he misses, he wants to take that shot.”

One of those misses came immediately before Curry’s miracle shot, when what would have been a long 2-pointer bounced off the front of the rim. The rest of the play happened in a rush, and according to Curry, against a rush of bodies.

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“Once Mo (Marreese Speights) got the rebound, Quincy (Pondexter) lost me in the corner,” Curry said. “Mo threw me a great shovel pass but I had to get it up because (Anthony Davis) has such length. I tried to take a normal stroke. I braced for impact because I saw defenders closing in. I saw the shot go in before I got clobbered.”

The reason for Curry’s clobbering: He was never supposed to get that shot off at all. According to Davis, who sent Curry sailing beyond the sideline, the Pelicans had been explicitly directed to keep the sharpshooter from doing what he does best.

“It was made very, very clear we were supposed to foul,” Davis told reporters.

But the shot went in. No foul was called. And what might have been cemented with a Stephen Curry free throw was secured in overtime: an unbelievable win. A heavy favorite somehow, still, shocking the world. 

As Klay Thompson said of that once-in-a-lifetime shot, “It’s the closest thing you’ll see to a miracle.”

The shot was Curry’s walk on water. Overtime was the Warriors’ chance to prove they could ride that wave and stay afloat. 

They did. Curry finished with 40 points and nine assists for the game as the Warriors completed the comeback and took a 3-0 advantage in the best-of-seven series. They can complete the sweep Saturday night in New Orleans.



LeBron James hits insane 40-foot three like it's nothing


LeBron James is a freak of nature, but even for him, this shot is ridiculous.

Check this out:

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That’s standing about 40 feet from the basket, after the whistle, while shooting flat-footed. WHILE BACKING UP. 

We think of LeBron as entering the end of his prime, but it’s moments like these that point out just what a physical specimen he is at age 30.

Starting to think we need him and Steph Curry to just play H-O-R-S-E at All-Star Weekend next year.

Cleveland decimated the Bucks, 108-90.



Stephen Curry made 77 consecutive 3-pointers in practice


Stephen Curry is ridiculous. We know this. He’s the leading NBA MVP candidate, and for good reason. 

But even in practice, Curry shows off.

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According to several tweets Tuesday, Curry made 77 consecutive 3-pointers during Golden State’s practice.

In total? Curry made 94 out of 100.

The video is absolutely insane. Check out the tail end of it here, plus his reaction when he finally missed.

(Source: ESPN)



NBA suspends Hassan Whiteside for flagrant foul on Kelly Olynyk


The NBA announced Tuesday that Heat center Hassan Whiteside is suspended one game without pay for his flagrant foul on the Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk.

Whiteside chaed Olynyk down and elbowed him during Monday’s game, drawing a flagrant 2 and an ejection. It was Whiteside’s second ejection in less than a week. He was ejected and fined $15,000 for wrestling with the Suns’ Alex Len.

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Whiteside and members of the Heat were available to the media Tuesday afternoon before the announcement and commented on the situation.



NBA regular-season final day: Playoff scenarios, schedule, TV info


The final day of the 2014-15 NBA regular season is upon us. And with only one playoff matchup (East No. 2 seed Cavaliers vs. East No. 7 seed Celtics) set in stone, there are so many things on the line.

It’s a dream day for the NBA die-hards out there. But it’s confusing for … pretty much everyone. Sporting News is here, though, to help you sort out everything that’s at stake.

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Today’s schedule

Twenty-eight teams play their season finales today. Here’s the full list, with the games you really need to pay attention to for playoff purposes in bold (with all times Eastern):

  • Hornets at Raptors, 7 p.m., ESPN
  • Hawks at Bulls, 8 p.m.
  • Trail Blazers at Mavericks, 8 p.m.
  • Jazz at Rockets, 8 p.m.
  • Celtics at Bucks, 8 p.m.
  • Thunder at Timberwolves, 8 p.m.
  • Spurs at Pelicans, 8 p.m.
  • Magic at Nets, 8 p.m.
  • Wizards at Cavaliers, 8 p.m.
  • Pistons at Knicks, 8 p.m.
  • Heat at 76ers, 8 p.m.
  • Pacers at Grizzlies, 9;30 p.m., ESPN
  • Nuggets at Warriors, 10:30 p.m.
  • Kings at Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

What’s locked in?

Even with seven games impacting seeding and playoff bids, we already know a lot about what this playoff bracket will look like.

In the Eastern Conference:

  1. Hawks
  2. Cavaliers
  3. (Raptors or Bulls)
  4. (Raptors or Bulls)
  5. Wizards
  6. Bucks
  7. Celtics
  8. (Pacers or Nets)

In the Western Conference:

  1. Warriors
  2. (Spurs, Clippers or Rockets)
  3. (Spurs or Clippers)
  4. Trail Blazers
  5. (Spurs, Rockets or Grizzlies)
  6. (Spurs, Rockets or Grizzlies)
  7. Mavericks
  8. (Pelicans or Thunder)

What are the tiebreakers?

Let’s break this down by each of the maddening spots we need to discuss.

East No. 3:  The Bulls are 49-32 to the Raptors’ 48-33, but Toronto gets the tiebreaker. So the Raptors need a win and a Bulls loss to claim the higher seed.

East No. 8: The Pacers are 38-43 to the Nets’ 37-44, but Brooklyn gets the tiebreaker. So the Nets need a win and a Raptors loss to make the playoffs.

West No. 8: The Pelicans and Thunder both are 44-37. The Pelicans have the tiebreaker. It’s pretty straight-forward: New Orleans gets the last West playoff spot with a victory or Oklahoma City loss.

West Nos. 2, 3, 5 and 6:  Oh, boy. Save the best for last, they say …

The Clippers have finished their season at 56-36, which means the 54-37 Grizzlies cannot pass them. But both the 55-36 Spurs and 55-36 Rockets could. Here’s what you need to know about this:

  • The Spurs get the No. 2 seed with a victory.
  • The Rockets get the No. 2 seed if they win and the Spurs lose.
  • The Clippers are locked in to a top-three seed but need Houston and San Antonio to lose for the No. 2.
  • The Grizzlies hold the tiebreakers required for the No. 5 seed. So they get the No. 5 seed if the Spurs or Rockets lose and they win.

Basically, the scenario looks best for the Clippers because they are locked in and done and get to watch from their couches like the rest of us.

What about tanking?

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Michael Jordan's 1984 game-worn shoes to be auctioned


If you’re a Michael Jordan fan or just a collector of old shoes, these might be the sneakers for you.

A pair of Nikes believed to be the earliest NBA game-worn Jordan shoes will be available for purchase in April. SCP Auctions will open the bidding in the coming months and the shoes are expected to draw a lot of interest.

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Khalid Ali was a ball boy for the Lakers for the 1984-85 season and says his Airness gave him the shoes after the Bulls visited to play the Lakers. Ali was just 15 at the time, but went out on a limb and asked Jordan if he could have the sneakers during warm-ups. That pair was red, black, and white, but the Bulls star mentioned that he would be switching into a red and white pair for the actual game.

After the game, Ali went into the Bulls locker room and asked again. Jordan obliged and even signed the shoes for him.

“People obsess over game-worn Jordan’s and there’s definite value to the fact that these are the earliest ones that have surfaced,” SCP Auctions vice president Dan Imler told ESPN.

It seems like everything Jordan touches (or has worn) turns to gold. His “Flu Game” shoes sold for $104,765. That’s a far cry from the first Air Jordan’s that were $65. My how times have changed.

Ali seemed to be okay with the idea of parting with the legendary shoes.

“They were in my mom’s closet,” Ali said. “I didn’t really talk about them much.”

Start saving because the bidding starts April 8, and the amount they sell for could be enough to make your jaw drop… or at least your tongue hang out.



Joel Embiid proves doubters wrong, throws down big dunk


In a matter of six seconds, Joel Embiid proved all of his doubters wrong.

The Sixers big man has been criticized for being overweight as he rehabs from a foot injury, but he can still play ball. Before Philadelphia played Utah on Friday, Embiid showed he could still get up when he threw down an East Bay dunk. Whew. 

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That’s a 7-footer going between his legs for a jam. Can your team’s big man do that?



NBA, Pacers release statement on Indiana's 'religious freedom act'


The NBA, WNBA, Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever released a joint statement Saturday in response to Indiana’s controversial “religious freedom” bill.

“The game of basketball is grounded in long established principles of inclusion and mutual respect,” the statement read. “We will continue to ensure that all fans, players and employees feel welcome at all NBA and WNBA events in Indiana and elsewhere.”

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The bill has drawn criticism because its opponents believe it will allow businesses to deny services to gays and lesbians for religious reasons. There’s been a lot of reaction within the sports community. Soon after the bill was signed, the NCAA released a statement saying it was “concerned.”

In addition, the Big Ten is reportedly considering pulling events from Indianapolis in the future, while Charles Barkley chimed in saying Indianapolis should not host the Final Four.

Pacers and Fever owner Herb Simon also released a statement Saturday.

“The Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever and Bankers Life Fieldhouse have the strongest possible commitment to inclusion and non-discrimination on any basis. Everyone is always welcome at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. That has always been the policy from the very beginning of the Simon family’s involvement and it always will be. ”

Former Pacer Reggie Miller tweeted out his displeasure with the bill on Friday.



Damian Lillard responds to Twitter troll in hilarious fashion


Some athletes choose to ignore Twitter trolls. Damian Lillard isn’t one of those athletes.

The Trail Blazers star tweeted the following question on Thursday evening: “Why is Orlando like this and Miami was like that?” To no surprise, his followers speculated whether or not he was taking shots at the Magic, who are amongst the worst teams in the Eastern Conference, but he was quick to silence any skeptics by clarifying his vague tweet.

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Nevertheless, there was one person who decided to push Lillard’s limits by asking, “How are you like this and Steph Curry is like that?”

Lillard didn’t take kindly to the question.

Soon after, @paush changed his avatar and protected his tweets.

It’s probably safe to say Lillard won this argument.



Clippers' DeAndre Jordan hits first career 3-pointer against Mavericks


DeAndre Jordan is making a case for the Defensive Player of the Year in 2015. He hasn’t been known for his 3-point touch.

Until … now?

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With the shot clock running down Friday in Dallas, the 7-1 Jordan was forced to put up a 3-pointer that could at least touch the rim. He failed, but only because he placed it gently through the net for the first 3 of his career.

That’s quite an accomplishment, but I don’t think Doc Rivers will be running elevator doors for Jordan any time soon. 



Charles Barkley wishes Golden State fans would shut up


In between struggling to make contact with his ball at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, Charles Barkley was asked to discuss a wide variety of topics.

One of which was the Warriors winning the NBA champion. Sir Charles was proud of what the team accomplished but could do without their fans.

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Maybe Barkely would be a better golfer if he just used a microphone all the time He never struggles with that. 



Dwyane Wade's fashion sense takes a turn for the worse in 'Esquire'


Russell Westbrook and James Harden have the posterboys for bizarre NBA fashion for the past few seasons. But Dwyane Wade needs to be added to the top tier of awful NBA dressers.

“Flash” has been seen entering arenas in  wardrobes closely resembling a women’s skirt and a women’s jumper. But on Tuesday, the cover for his feature in Esquire Magazine made its way onto the Internet and it looks like he was the love child of Derek Zoolander and Sub-Zero.

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Seriously, Dwyane?

Are you training to become a magician? Are you starting up a Prince cover band?

It looks like he was the subject of rookie hazing. Why would anyone subject themselves to this.

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Mark Cuban rebuffs DeAndre Jordan's apology in Cyber Dust message


This shark has no intentions of hiding his teeth.

After being spurned by free agent center DeAndre Jordan, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban publicly rejected Jordan’s Twitter apology via his private messaging application, Cyber Dust, on Saturday.

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Cuban has never been one to mince words, and he’s certainly not going to start now. He is apparently under the impression that Jordan didn’t write his apology, but gave no indication of what led him to that conclusion.

The rest of Cuban’s message addresses the Mavericks’ recent trade for forward Zaza Pachulia from Milwaukee, who Cuban said they have been trying to acquire. ESPN, USA Today, the Washington Post and, among other outlets, all ran headlines for the Pachulia trade included the phrase, “After missing out on Jordan.” Cuban’s message on Pachulia seems to indicate that the trade was not a reaction to losing Jordan.